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We worry deeply about the damage, we humans do to our planet. We understand the impact on lives and health from rising temperatures and climate change, particularly in places often far from our own.

We are determined to play our part in seeking meaningful solutions, that puts the health of both people and the biosphere at the heart of our business.

Our aspiration is that whatever we take from nature we find a way of reusing it or replacing it. The reality is that this is complex and reliant on third party systems, nevertheless we do what we can.

Achieving net zero green house gas (GHG) emissions is central to our business plan. Through careful scrutiny of our GHG footprint we take every opportunity to mitigate emissions. We have been improving efficiency standards throughout the business:

  • We only use renewable electricity at our head office
  • We are supported by Microsoft (who is not only committed to net zero but determined to remove all historic emissions since 1975).
  • For the emissions that are stubbornly hard to mitigate, we offset through our partnership with Tree Nation and planting our own trees.

We are working with our business partners to ensure they can meet the same standards too.

But we understand that this is not enough. Global warming is not the only planetary crisis we face, we are also in an ecological and biodiversity emergency.

Because we are uniquely positioned to promote best practice for health, we evangelise the benefits of producing less plastic and e-waste and reducing the use of toxic chemicals - all of which have a detrimental impact on our living planet, including us.

Reducing our Emissions

‘Strong and sustained reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases would limit climate change. While benefits for air quality would come quickly, it could take 20-30 years to see global temperatures stabilize, according to the IPCC Working Group report’ ’.

(AR6), Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis.

While our reduction in emissions may be considered de minimus when considering the requirements of global climate change recommended by the sixth IPCC report, if each company, public organisation, charity and NGO were to reduce their emissions each year by 5%, our target, it could have a profound impact, so small steps by each, create giant leaps by all, in reducing our impact.

Using the ICAO calculator, we have assessed our flight mileage as 6198 Kgs of CO2 emissions or 6.2 metric tonnes. From our total business mileage this equated to 44,410 Kgs of CO2 emissions and the MMU (mobile medical units) vehicles equated to 70,363 Kgs of CO2 emissions in 2020. It should be noted, that between 2018 and 2020 we saw an increase of over 50% more MMUs being utilised to provide services to clients throughout the UK too.  

While we fully appreciate the greatest influence on the reduction in 2020 has been the pandemic, even if we look at the first quarter of 2020, before the first lockdown and compare this to the same time period in 2019, we saw a reduction for flights and car emissions of -7% and -2% respectively, confirming the reduction of our emissions were not solely due to the travel restrictions from the Covid19 pandemic.  If headcount growth in the same two quarters is considered too then these percentages decrease even further. 

Air CO2 Emissions (kg) 23,82517,13314,7236198
Business Mileage CO2 Emissions (kg) 131,03594,05781,94044,410
MMU CO2 Emissions (kg) (*)23,53256,00971,69070,363
Total direct CO2 Emissions (kg) 180,392167,199168,353120,971

(*) we have had 50% growth in the number of units since 2018.

Total direct CO2 Emissions (kg) 180,392167,199168,353120,971
Headcount at the End of the Year 329 335402494
CO2 Emissions per Head (kg) 548499419245
% Change for Emissions on the Previous Year  -7%+1%-28%
% Change for Emissions per Headcount on Previous Year  -8%-16%-42%

We recognise that CO2 is only a part of the action we have to take. Methane is 26 times more potent a green house gas than CO2 on a 25 year timescale, and Hydrofluorocarbons (the refrigerant used in air conditioning systems, fridges and heat pump technology) are hundreds of thousands of times more potent than CO2, so we are actively looking to reduce our reliance on these too.

Working with Tree Nation

At the start of 2020 we commenced a project with Tree Nation, a European NGO providing tree planting projects to not only offset our direct Scope 1 and 3 emissions but also have a positive social impact on the societies and local economies where the projects are based, thus creating additional social value.

We consciously picked locations where the tangible consequences would be felt more keenly translating to economic, community and social benefits. The projects are based in Burkina Faso, Madagascar and Kenya, all countries which have seen severe depletion of their woods and forests.Burkina Faso is also ranked as the 7th poorest country in the world by the UN. A further project in Peru was added at the end of 2020.

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